Tombstones are lasting reminders of what people accomplished in life. One that is very interesting and impressive is in Wisconsin. It reads: “He bowled 300 in 1962.”
Do you wonder, as I do, if that was his greatest achievement in life? Or, how many games did he bowl before he had a perfect game? Or, was it the first game he ever bowled and it surprised him so very much that he never bowled again? We’ll never know.
But one thing we do know is that we will all be remembered by someone for something. Paul made a most interesting observation about life’s accomplishments. He was writing to the Philippians about his achievements. Reading them is like reading the resume of one of the world’s great leaders. They are very impressive. But, after mentioning them, he pulled the rug out from under his own feet. After what sounds like someone bragging about what they had accomplished, he concluded his resume by adding: “But because of Christ, I decided that all of my worldly accomplishments are worth nothing.”
Paul always had the proper perspective. Whatever he achieved in his life before his conversion did not matter to him. However, after he became a follower of Christ, he simply wanted to be remembered for one thing: his relationship with Christ and what he did for Him. Everything else, for him, was “worthless trash.” What will your tombstone read?
Prayer: Help us, Lord, to place serving You first and foremost in our lives. May we be remembered for what we did for You and through You, because of You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Philippians 3:4-11 Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him.